On February 20, 2024, the Head of the International Relations Office of Bohdan Khmelnytsky National University of Cherkasy, Associate Professor Oleksandra Demianenko, visited St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences (Austria), the Head of the E³UDRES² Alliance, which unites 9 universities from all over Europe.

Higher education institutions that are members of the E³UDRES² Alliance offer students, lecturers, and researchers easy access to international exchange.

At the beginning of 2023, Bohdan Khmelnytsky National University of Cherkasy joined the European University Alliance in the field of higher education, research and innovation of E³UDRES² (which is implemented mainly by Erasmus+ funding) and acquired the status of a Ukrainian Associate Partner.

An important component of modern state educational policy is the development of international cooperation in the field of higher education and the integration of the higher education system into the world educational space. The priority effective implementation mechanism is the establishment of inter-university mutually beneficial international cooperation in accordance with bilateral and multilateral international agreements, cooperation with the European network of higher education institutions and recognition in the international market of joint results of scientific, technical, technological and other developments.

In the course of the year, BKNUC concluded an Agreement on international academic mobility for students and the staff within the framework of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union with member universities of the Alliance, as well as agreements on cooperation in other areas. Their implementation will contribute to the establishment of the university and the city of Cherkasy in an intellectual and stable Eurocentric region.

Further cooperation with the European Alliance continues. Such events as hackathons, I Living Labs or training camps provide an opportunity for international and intercultural dialogue and contribute to gaining practical experience. E³UDRES² also offers numerous opportunities for academic mobility, creates teaching and learning formats based on contemporary challenges, special research, innovation in all aspects and open exchange of knowledge. Within the framework of the Alliance’s activities, research on the transformations of universities in the future is also being conducted. In the strategic development perspective, the E³UDRES² network should become a multi-university network with representative offices throughout Europe.

The plans for the near future became the subject of discussion with colleagues – the Head of the International Relations Office of the receiving party, Daniela Lohner, and the employee of the International Office Christina Hemmelmayr, International Mobility Coordinator Judith Dürnberger, and Staff Mobility Coordinator Claudia Grötzl. During a meeting with Irene Auffret, the Head of the E³UDRES² project in St. Pölten and Gabriele Permoser, Managing Director of E³UDRES², the issues of the Alliance’s activities and understanding of further opportunities for bilateral cooperation and cooperation within the Alliance were discussed.

A conversation with Alexander Adrowitzer, PhD, International Coordinator of the Department of Computer Science and Security, Academic Director of Digital Innovation and Research (MA) and Deputy Academic Director of Data Science and Business Analytics (BA), and Katharina Auer-Voigtländer, the Head of Department of Social Sciences, regarding the international exchange for the implementation of educational and scientific programs accredited at BKNUC was fruitful.

The material and technical base of the European institution of higher education impressed with the university campus, innovatively equipped classrooms and conference halls, cyber security laboratories, the editorial capabilities of the university journal, sound recording studio, radio studio and library (which functions as a city library too).

The participants of the bilateral meeting agreed on cooperation within the framework of academic exchanges under the Erasmus+ programme, as well as on the continuation of cooperation in other areas of work of the European University Alliance.

International Relations Office